May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize


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Thanks to all our entrants, our 10th year of the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is about to be underway! View our past contest winners here.


The winner receives $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book, as well as distribution with our other titles through our partner, Casemate IPM. 

The 2020 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! Deadline is June 30th.

We accept:

•  Online submissions via

•  Print (US Mail) submissions

To view our online submission requirements, visit our Submittable page.

Below are the print submission guidelines – if you have any questions, please email us with “May Sarton Prize” in the subject line.


Submission guidelines for PRINTED submissions through USPS (see for online guidelines):

  1. TWO TITLE PAGES. (If you are submitting via Submittable remember you do not need a second title page!)

  2. TITLE PAGE #1: TITLE ONLY! (This will go with your manuscript to the judge.)

  3. TITLE PAGE #2: TITLE, Name, Address, Email address, Phone number. (This will stay with our staff.)

  4. Please, no acknowledgments, biographical material, or dedication pages at this stage, we will ask for those if your manuscript wins. A cover letter is not necessary.

  5. Manuscripts must be typed and paginated, 50 to 80 pages in length (single spaced). Single or double-sided manuscripts are acceptable.

  6. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.

  7. Any person who has studied poetry in a formal program with this year’s judge– through a college, university, community program, residency, or private tutorial—within the last two years is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.

  8. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

  9. The actual manuscript should include ONLY  the following:  TITLE PAGE #1,  TABLE OF CONTENTS,  POEMS.

  10. Send only one copy of your manuscript submission. Use only binder clips or rubber bands. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Please do not send your only copy.

  11. Please clip your entry fee of $30.00 to TITLE PAGE #2. Enclose a check or money order payable to Bauhan Publishing.

  12. For notification of winners via USPS, include a business-sized SASE. For acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners are announced in the fall following the contest, and as long as you include an email with your submission we will also email all submitters.

  13. Manuscripts must be postmarked on or before June 30. Please send as “Media Mail” and save yourself some money—manuscripts are included in the Media Mail postal regulations.

  14. Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.

  15. Send manuscripts to:

May Sarton NH Prize

Bauhan Publishing

P.O. Box 117

Peterborough, NH 03458